WOH For Tuesday, May 31, 2022
In this World by Jonathan Kopecky, Youth Minister
Hi everyone, I’m Jonathan Kopecky, one of two DCEs on staff, which stands for the Director of Christian Education, aka the youth pastor. This last month Jesus directed me to have the youth study one verse: John 16:33. It says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
The first week we talked about trouble. In this world trouble always seems to be lurking. When your students walk into a classroom and are about to take a huge math test or when they lace up their cleats and are about to step onto the field, they could be in trouble if they make a wrong decision. Sometimes your students could be in trouble because of their own actions. Trouble is always lurking, however Jesus is always present. When we find ourselves in trouble or in situations where we have caused trouble, we can seek Jesus for strength and forgiveness and he continually welcomes us. We talked about how trouble is always there, but Jesus will always be with us.
The next week we talked about pressure. In this world we have all kinds of pressure. Students feel pressure from teachers, peers, and family members; pressures from church to act and be a certain way; and pressures from Satan to act out in sin. However, pressure helps us grow. Jesus was tempted by Satan for 40 days in the wilderness and he grew. There’s a needed balance with pressure. If we have too much pressure, like wind to a matchstick, it gets blown out; however, if there is a good group of mentors or a solid peer group, or a youth group your students are connected to, and we stay rooted in Jesus, like wind to a campfire, it sets it ablaze. When we gather in Jesus’ name we are a fire that can handle any pressures.
Our third session was about unrest. In this world there have always been injustices, and they seem overwhelming especially now. Everyone is busy fighting for what’s right because we long for peace. It’s good to have passions and agendas, but we need to keep the focus on Jesus. He alone brings peace and righteousness. Let’s ask him to break our hearts for what breaks his. Then in response we can join him in what he’s already up to, rather than working alone.
Lastly, we talked about hope. In this world we can have hope because we aren’t alone in the world; we are God’s children in his Kingdom. Hope is being down 99-1 and thinking you have a chance to win because Jesus is the 100 point play that will end the game 99-101. We forget that Jesus will always fight for us, even when we see loss. But Jesus defeated death! Let us hold onto hope, even when we don’t see it.
Hopefully this quick summary of what God has been up to in the lives of our youth is an encouragement to you! Oh, by the way, is your student in Ms. Kuhn’s class? We welcome current 5th graders to be part of our RüT youth group this summer. RüT is for all 6th-8th grade students, which includes students for all our West Seattle middle schools. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Calendar of Events – Click Here
Wednesday, 6/1 – Pajama Day Spirit Day per decree of Principal Noah G
Tuesday, 6/7 – Sea Star Closing Ceremony – Sanctuary – 10:30 AM
Tuesday, 6/7 – Kindergarten Graduation – Sanctuary – 2:00 PM
Wednesday, 6/8 – Last Day of School; Early Dismissal at 9:50 AM/10:00 AM
Wednesday, 6/8 – Orca PreK Graduation – Sanctuary – 10:30 AM
Wednesday, 6/8 – 8th Grade Graduation – Sanctuary – 7:00 PM
Athletic Events – Click Here
2022-2023 Hope Lutheran School Calendar – Click Here
Graduation Ceremonies – COVID-19 Protocols
We are thankful to invite guests to our graduation and closing ceremonies this year. Our preference is to limit guests to immediate family members only. If desired, families of graduates may additionally invite two other groups of loved ones – for example, a set of grandparents, or a beloved neighbor. In order to allow room for social distancing for everyone, please do not invite more than two additional groups. While graduates and speakers may unmask if desired, all guests must remain masked in the sanctuary during the ceremony. Thank you for your support!
2022-2023 School Year Tuition Contracts Due ASAP
Most tuition contracts, along with financial aid contracts have been sent home and are now past due. Please fill them out completely, sign, and return them to the office as soon as possible. You can do this in-person, through the mail, or via email. Please call the office with any questions or concerns.
Outstanding Tuition & Fees
Please note that student transcripts, report cards and diplomas will be withheld at the end of the school year until all outstanding tuition and fees (includes library fines, iPad fines and sports fees) are paid in full. For tuition information contact SMART Tuition Management at 1-888-868-8828.
Due to processing delays this year our yearbooks will not arrive prior to the end of our school year. We are sorry for this inconvenience and will share more instructions for passing yearbooks out at a later date. Thank you SO much to Ms. Leah and Audrey who worked very hard to ensure we have a collection of memories from this blessed school year!
Spread the word!
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PIP Hour Opportunities & Deadline
*Classroom Help: Reach out to your children’s teachers – many may need help chaperoning field trips, preparing classroom activities/projects and/or planning for end-of -school year parties.
*Lunch and Recess: Supervise lunch from 11:40-12:45 on Monday, June 6.
Supervise afternoon recess from 1:30-2:15 on Monday, June 6th. Email Jennifer Neafcy for more information.
*Please submit all PIP Hours by June 6, 2022.
Fund-A-Need & Dress Passes still Available
It is not too late to submit money to “Fund-a-Need” or to buy Free Dress Passes for your student.
Free Dress Passes cost $30 for a pack of 3. “Fund a Need” can be for any amount and will contribute to our goal of purchasing new Chromebooks. You or your student can bring the checks or cash into the school office.
West Seattle Summer Fest and West Seattle Grand Parade
Hope School is excited to be participating in the West Seattle Summer Fest July 14-17 and the West Seattle Grand Parade July 23rd! Summer Fest and the parade are a great way to get your PIP hours started for the next school year. Hope students/parents will be manning the game tent at Summer Fest (July 15) and passing out candy at the parade as we follow the decorated bus down California Avenue. Write these dates on the calendar and be watching for more information in the coming weeks. Immediate Need: Parade coordinator for Hope (day of). Email Sally Heit for more information.
Hope Lutheran Summer Camp – A few spots left!
There are a few spots still available in week 1, 3 and 5. Students in grades preschool through fifth grade are welcome to sign up! Fun themes include art, sports, animals, science, and drama. Space is limited and usually fills up quickly, so please sign up here.
Hoops4Life Camp – Sessions 2 & 3 still have openings
Hoops4Life is back in full swing with 4 sessions at Seattle Lutheran HS and Holy Rosary gym this summer! High quality basketball/life skills camp in its 25th year. 9am-4pm M-F for $199. Still room in Session 2 (July 18-22) for 2nd-4th graders and room for all grades through 8th in recently opened Session 3 (July 25-29). Register now!! https://www.hoops4life206.com/content/2022-seattle-lutheran-camp
Vacation Bible Camp
VBS is coming June 20-24, 9:00AM-12:00PM for students entering 1st-5th grade in the fall. The theme is “Treasured: Discovering You are Priceless to God.” Adult Volunteers are needed! Click Here to register participants and to sign up to volunteer.
VBS Student Volunteer Training Coming Up Tomorrow (6/1)!
Please plan to come to the training meeting in the Commons, Wednesday, June 1, 7:00-8:00 pm. Parents do not need to attend. Also please make sure your child is registered at: vbspro.events/p/d3c006.
Seattle Public Library is kicking off summer with the Summer Program for Children!
To introduce and explain the Summer Program, the Southwest Region Children’s Librarians, and the Seattle Public Library have created videos. Just a couple of main points:
- Seattle Public Library’s Summer Program for Children begins Monday, 6/20
- Kids can come and collect their charts @ Seattle Public Library branches on 6/20 or later
- Kids who complete the chart will get a certificate and their name up on the Wall of Fame @ their library branch
- The big, end of summer event will be @ the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture on Sunday, August 28
SPL general Summer Program video
K – 1st grade SOL Talk and Book Recommendations
2nd – 3rd grade SOL Talk and Book Recommendations
4th – 5th grade SOL Talk and Book Recommendations
School Office Summer Hours
Our summer office hours will be Monday-Thursday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and closed on Fridays. We will welcome visitors this summer so feel free to call and make an appointment prior to coming in for a visit. Thank you! We will welcome visitors this summer so feel free to call and make an appointment prior to coming in for a visit. Thank you!